Arrive in Avignon on Sunday 21st June.
We can organise a guided visit of the city or Villeneuve les Avignon in the afternoon. Optional and free. Hotel accommodation and meals at your own cost. We can meet up for the evening meal along the Rhone River.
DAY ONE: Monday 22nd
Pick up at the Central Train Station in Avignon at 9 a.m. On our way to Les Planious, we drive through the beautiful wine-growing Rhone valley to Vaison la Romaine. Plenty of time to visit and paint Vaison la Romaine with its enthralling Gallo Roman vestiges and spectacular medieval city.
DAY TWO: Tuesday 23rd
Painting session near the guest house 9a.m. to 4p.m. with lunch at les Planious. Walk for non-painters near L'Epine, a tiny medieval town where there is a small primary school for about seventeen children from grade one to six. In the afternoon we all visit the very beautiful fortified medieval town of Serres, which has been a very important crossroads over the ages. This was particularly the case when the popes were in Avignon.
DAY THREE: Wednesday 24th
Painting session 9 to 4pm at Saint André de Rosans a tiny medieval village where we have lunch at the local tavern.
Walk near Rosans for non-painters, with a spectacular panoramic view over the high Alps. Summit: Mt Raton 1437metres above sealevel.
Afternoon visit: Medieval village, Rosans with its narrow picturesque streets and quaint houses.
DAY Four: Thursday 25th
Painting session in Sisteron considered the pearl of Provence. Sisteron has a very famous citadel and medieval town. We picnic along the Durance River with produce bought at a local farmers' market with an exceptional view of the old city.
DAY Five: Friday 26th
Morning rest to catch up on some painting. Lunch at les Planious followed by an afternoon painting session at Orpierre, a very picturesque medieval town on the Princes of Orange road. The village has come to life in recent years with the development of rock-climbing, now the essential economic activity with climbers coming from many different countries. Possible walk for non-painters: The Mountain of Ceuze 2000 metres above sea-level . A five -hour walk with only 500metres altitude gain. A circuit walk on the high plateau offering spectacular views of the high mountains and many Alpine wildflowers.
Day Six: Saturday 27th
We drive to Embrun on the way to the Italian border via Gap and passing the largest earth dam in Europe. Stroll through the historic centre of the small city Embrun with its colourful market. Lunch in the city with time for painting in the afternoon. Possibility for walkers to walk to the base of the Glacier Blanc (2500 metres above sea-level) in the national park des Ecrins. The Alpine setting is absolutely unforgettable. Overnight stay in Guillestre.
DAY SEVEN: Sunday 28th
Drive to Briançon, the highest city of the European community. Lunch in the old city. Full day painting session and visit of Briançon for the non-painters. Plenty of opportunities for walks in the mountains. Overnight stay in Guillestre.
DAY EIGHT: Monday 29th
Drive to the 12th Century Abbaye de Boscodon, nestled in the mountains at 1400 metres above sea-level to discover the importance of monastic life in the Middle Ages. Picnic lunch . Plenty of walks available. Drive back to Les Planious late afternoon.
DAY NINE: Tuesday 30th
Rest day to catch up on painting. Optional walk for walkers. Possibility to do some cooking with Regine, our joyful cook.
DAY TEN Wednesday 1st July
A full day painting session of lavender near Saint Jalles in the Drome provençal. Possibility to visit some local organic wineries or boutique breweries for non painters.
Day eleven Thursday 2nd July
A full -day painting session of lavender fields near Saint May, a picturesque village perched on the cliffs where vultures nest. Non painters can walk to observe the vultures. Picnic lunch.
DAY TWELVE: Friday 3rd July
Departure at ten a.m. Stopover at Sisteron with lunch nearby. Mid afternoon departure for Aix en Provence, TGV train station or Marseille Provence Airport.
FOR FURTHER DETAILS :
CONTACT IN AUSTRALIA
Without Pier Gallery
320 Bay Road Cheltenham 3192
Telephone: 03 9583 7577
Mobliel: 0419 541 892
CONTACT IN FRANCE
Geraldine and Emmanuel Arnoldi
Les Palaniuos, 05700 LÉpine
Telephone: (+33) 09 88 18 04 54